Kootenai Pets for Life
125 County Shop Road, P.O.

Pets Available
for Adoption

 Kootenai Pets For Life Special Meeting December 13, 2023

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter on Wednesday December 13, 2023 at 5:00pm.

Attending were Faith Lee, Sara Sherman, Bonnie Edmundson, Linda Andreasen, Marge Sullivan, Gary Armstrong, Edwina Smith, Terri Harbst, Bobbi McCanse and by phone Deirdre Ruark.

1. Bonnie read the November Minutes. Minutes were approved as read.

2. Sara read the Treasurer’s report. Our income for November was $7,153.00, our expenses were $12,579.00 making a net loss of $5,427.00. The bills for November are $8,176.07. Motion made by Marge to pay the bills, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries.

3. Terri read the Shelter report. For November we had 4 intakes: 3 dogs, 1 cat. New fosters 4: all dogs. Adoptions 7: 2 dogs, 5 cats. Special circumstance 1. In foster 23. In house cats 26 + 3 outside cats. In house dogs 6. Spay/neuter 15: 5 dogs, 10 cats. Other 8: 6 dogs, 2 cats. Microchips 7: 3 dogs, 4 cats.

4. Sara reported on the Fundraising. Boutique Brielle $55.60, Libby banks $84.51, Troy banks $170.22, recycling $327.27.

5. Old business:

1.) LOR. Katie was absent to present information.

2.) Board member voting: Susan Bulyar is stepping down, Terri is nominated. Deb is stepping down, Gary is nominated. Linda is nominated. Motion by Faith to accept all, Bobbi abstains regarding Terri, motion carries. Bonnie nominates Faith for President, Gary 2nd, motion carries. Faith nominates Terri for Vice President, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries. Faith nominates Sara for Treasurer, Terri 2nd, motion carries. Faith nominates Bonnie for Secretary, Terri 2nd, motion carries.

3.) Peer communication to be written up for January.

6. New business:

1.) Matt is working approx. 25 hours per week. Faith motions to give him a raise in pay to $13.00 per hour, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries.

2.) Eileen wrote and received a Grant for us for the shed roof in the amount of $930.! Thank you, Eileen!

3.) Our metal for shed roof should be here next week and should be completed quickly.

4.) We have no Grant writer. Faith and Terri will look into it. Bobbi warns grants are easier to write than to implement, be careful!

5.) Terri reports we did not go forward with the shelter online program for $1.00. Instead she found a program called Shelter Boss that fulfills our needs with great support by its writer! The cost is $29.00 per month.

Motion by Bonnie to adjourn at 5:55pm, Gary 2nd, motion carries.

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson

Kootenai Pets For Life Special Meeting November 8, 2023


Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter on November 8, 2023 at 5:00pm. 

Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Terri Harbst, Deb Frey, Susan Bulyar, Katie Tingey, Marge Sullivan, Linda Andreason, Bobbi McCanse, Sara Sherman and Deidre Ruark via phone. 


Faith opened with the importance of peer communication and what each thought that meansBobbi – transparency, Deb – email is important and conversations should have no swearing, Terri – respect, Marge – open minded,  Faith – don't talk down and please be courteous, Susan – treat others as you want to be treated,  Sara – people need to listen to complete content before interjecting and try to agree/modify to gain perspective, Deidre – we don’t need negativity at the shelter-bring positive energy for animals/public.  Motion by Faith to write up peer interaction statement,

Katie 2ndMotion carries. 


1. Bonnie read the October minutesMinutes were approved as read. 


2. Sara read the Treasurer’s reportOctober’s income was $74,488.00, expenses were $7,897.26 so net income was $66,643.91The Bow Wow Bash contributed $15,237A large donation was made to pay for the wages for a year of our new hire as Director/Manager TerriOur bills to pay are $3,806.00  Motion to pay by Linda 1st, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries. 


3.  Terri introduced herself and gave an overview of her qualificationsShe then read the shelter reportAdoptions 6: 2 cats, 4 dogsSpecial circumstances 1 dog. Intakes 10: 5 cats, 5 dogsReturned to us 1 dogFosters 21: 7 cats, 14 dogsCats in shelter 31+3 outsideDogs in shelter 7September spay/neuter: 28 cats, 3 dogsMicrochips 16: 13 cats, 3 dogsOther: 12.   


4.  Dog committee:  Faith says a realtor from Century 21 wants to sponsorHe will give us an adoption fee per month for dog or catAlso, he will include money every month for animal enjoyment! 


5.  Cat committee:  Deb says the committee had a meeting with 5 membersThey request that the phone message be changed to give no policy info, they want to keep the holiday coverage appointed among themselves, Kate will remake the “how to-cat care” format, which is posted on the door better and they would like each member to read the volunteer recruitment applicationThey also request that intake cats be vaccinated the same day they arrive and if there is immediate attention needed for an injury that Faith, Linda or Terri be contactedBobbi says that the cat committee should get to decide on intakesShe also says our phone message is negative. Faith responds that she disagrees with some of the requests/statementsWe offer a Home to Home program and there must be capacity cut-offs. Katie motions that we shelf this discussion and move onBonnie 2nd, motion carries.


6. No Fundraising report. 


7.  Old business:

1Katie is trying to put together a group to help her work on some projects for the LOR foundation Grants.

2Terri has found a computer program to keep track of all our shelter needsIt offers 2 weeks free and then a fee of $1.00 per adoptionFaith motions we get this program, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries. 


8.  New business:

1Board members up for re-election are Linda Andreason, Bonnie Edmundson and Susan BulyarBobbi motions to re-elect all, Faith 2nd, motion carriesThe term is for 3 years.

2Membership dues are coming upThey are due January 1, 2024If you want to vote or be on the Board you must pay $10.00 for the year.

3We would like to add Terri to the Board as Vice PresidentPaid members may be on the Board.  We need to add or subtract a Board member in order for Terri to be added.  Faith will send out an email asking for a volunteer to step upMotion made by Bonnie to add Terri on as Vice President on the Board, Linda 2nd, motion carries.

4The storage shed needs a new roof.   We’d like to cover the storage area tooThe cost for a metal roof for the whole thing would be about $1300.00 for labor, $2780 for materials for a total of about $4,080.00Motion by Bonnie to get the new roof, Marge 2nd, motion carries.

5Faith says we have a volunteer who would like to learn to write grants for usA class is available for $355.00General thought is to research for more available classesFaith will check with the collegeTerri will check for grant writers and class costs for next month.

Motion to adjourn at 7:10 made by Bonnie 1st, Katie 2ndMotion carries.


Kootenai Pets For Life Special Meeting October 27, 2023


Kooteenai Pets For Life Special Meeting held on October 27, 2023 at the shelter at 5:00 p.m.


Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Katie Tingey, Linda Andreasen, Marge Sullivan, Deb Frey, Edwina Smith, Bobbi McCanse, Teanne Ungren, and Todd Sines with Deidre Ruark and Susan Bulyar via phone.


Linda introduced the meeting with the topic of voting on a person to hire for a full time position. 


Faith would like us to hire a person as director of the shelter to take on all the previously made and voted on responsibilities. This person - Teri - has previously been introduced to us and has 11 years experience with Animal Control. The discussion tonight is to decide if we want to hire her and if we want to keep Matt. Once Teri is trained Matt would be under her direction. The job would be 9am to 5pm 5 days a week. Yes, she is willing to do weekends. Funding would continue to come thru our private donor. Wages would be $16. to start and up to $20. hour 


Edwina voiced concern that Matt be kept on and treated kindly thru this process. She would like to identify critical duties for Teri so she is not overwhelmed. Yes, she feels we have use for Teri. But, Matt is invaluable. 


Marge agrees Teri can oversee Matt. She is not sure 8 hours a day is needed. Maybe 4 hours a day 5 times a week. 


Teanne is concerned that the director duties would crossover into the duties preformed by the volunteers. 


Bobbi states we are all volunteers and have no business advertising such when we have paid employees. 


Susan says Teri would be good, and we should keep Matt. 


Deirdre says a director would be an asset and she is in support of the position. Keep Matt.


Todd agrees that 1 person in charge with all the shelter knowledge would be beneficial. 


Deb says the director should not be able to tell volunteers when they need to work. If Matt doesn't stay, Deb will leave. 


Linda says we need/have to have someone here for day to day. Too many Indians playing chief. No one will offer 40 hours for free. We need to be cohesive. 


Faith states Matt wants to continue to work part time. Teri and Matt have met and get along well. Our advertising states volunteer based since Matt was hired. Faith will be here to train and show Teri the process. 


Bobbi wants clarification to be important. She believes the position should be manager, not director. Also that communication should be open! 


Faith opened the vote with should we hire Teri for manager/director. All voted yes except Bobbi who opposed. Vote carried. 


Faith asked for a vote to continue to keep Matt. All voted yes. Vote carried 


Meeting adjourned at 5:40pm. 


Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson 


Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes October 11, 2023 


Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place on Wednesday October 11, 2023 at the Shelter at 5:00 p.m. 


Attending were Faith Lee, Deirdre Ruark , Sara Sherman, Roberta McCanse, and Linda  Andreasen.  


The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.  


The minutes were read. 

Treasurer’s Report was given.  Income $5,924.00  Expenses 6,422.00Vote unanimous to pay bills. 


Shelter report was givenA general discussion of intakes and adoptions was held.     

Dog committee – Will be getting 3 dogs from Browning on SaturdayHave 2 potential adoptions.  

Cat Committee - Roberta reports that Dixie has quality of life despite medical issues.  


Bow Wow Bash is 10 days away and have received many donations 


Old Business:  

1.  Chad  Boyd has put in the new cat windows along with a window between the office and the cat roomAlso new doorway to vet room completed. 

2Deirdre will contact Katie about Spay/Neuter Clinic possibility for next year that could be submitted to LOR for their help.  


New Business;  

1.  An agreement was written up (but not signed) between Teanne Ungren and KPFL regarding parking her RV next to the shelter   

2. Donor will pay for a Shelter Program subscription. 

3. Open discussion about hiring a full time person to fill the Shelter director position. 


Motion to adjourn made. 


Minutes by Linda Andreasen for Bonnie Edmundson 


Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes September 13,2023

 Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place on Wednesday September 13, 2023 at the Shelter at 5:00 p.m.

Attending were Faith Lee, Susan Bulyar, Deb Frey, Katie Tingey, Deirdre Ruark , Linda  Andreasen, and Marge Sullivan.

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Linda Andreasen, acting for Faith. 

The Secretary did not attend and there was no reading of the minutes. 

The Treasurer did not attend and no Treasurer’s Report was given.

Shelter report was not completed and no report was given.  A general discussion of intakes and adoptions was held.  As of 9/14 we have adopted out 28 dogs and 26 cats in 2023. 

Dog committee - Eli and Sheena are going to new home tomorrow. 

Cat Committee - report on activities, discussed individual cats. 

Marge had Bow Wow Bash posters and tickets available for anyone that wanted them.  We have started soliciting and receiving donations for the Bash. 

Old Business:   Chad  Boyd has purchased windows and materials and will be starting on construction of windows for cat room as well as the interior door that will be added in the clinic.  The addition of a window from cat room to office area was suggested and Faith will look into it. 

Eileen Carney applied to the Community Foundation for funding for a new roof for the shed. 

Deirdre and Katie said they will look into a Spay/Neuter Clinic possibility for next year that could be submitted to LOR for their help. 

New Business;  A Whirlpool refrigerator  and a microwave had been donated by  Myleigh Amrhien, granddaughter of Linda and Mark Andreasen. 

Teanne Ungren has asked if she could live in her mobile home at the shelter location.  She has tried several avenues and been unable to find a location for her home and her dog.  Deirdre made a motion that Teanne be allowed to do this with a contract that would include a number of hours of work at the Shelter per week,  a monetary fee, and all connections, improvements needed would be at her expense.  It is understood that a church group has also stepped up to assist her in preparations.  Deb seconded the motion, it was voted on and passed.  

Faith made motion to adjourn, second by Marge and we adjourned at 6:05 p.m. 

Minutes by Marge Sullivan for Bonnie Edmundson 


Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes August 9,2023


Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter on August 9, 2023 at 5:00pm. Atending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Sara Sherman (via phone), Marge Sullivan, Linda Andreason, Deb Frey, Katie Tingey and Teanne Ungren. 


1. The Minutes were approved as read by Bonnie. 


2. Sara read the Treasurer’s reportOur income was $4,338.00, our expenses were $7,429.00 making a loss for the month of $3,090.00The unpaid bills total $7209.13 (including about $1,400.00 being investigated)The vote was unanimous to pay the bills. 


3. Faith read the shelter reportAdoptions 4: 1 cat, 3 dogsIntakes 8: 7 cats, 1 dogFosters 20: 5 cats, 15 dogsCats in shelter 31 + 3 outsideDogs in shelter 6July spay/neuter 20: 13 cats, 7 dogsMicrochip 11: 3 cats, 8 dogsDental/other 3. 


4. Dog committee:  Linda says Sunday we will be getting new 2 ten month old and 2 ten week old dogs from the ReservationA lady from Kalispell has offered to transport for freeLinda has also contacted TOTS to help explore the options of getting our older sled dogs adopted.


5.  Cat committee:  Faith says the whole cat population will receive an ear mite treatment on Aug. 16/17Linda says please only 2 food bowls for outside cats.  Skunks are coming in for the food. 


6.  FundraisingLibby banks $27.46Linda reports we netted approximately $680. for the truckload of recycles she just took to KalispellThis will be on next months report


7.  Old business

1.  Katie thinks it best to ask for volunteers to make up a committee to work on the LOR FoundationShe will send out an email request for peopleSome ideas for LOR are: vaccine day, dog quarantine area (shed?), kitty interim area, or food/litterPossibly Purina may donate educational materials?   

2.  We received a bid for the cat room windows/surgery room door for under $6,000.00  Faith would like to add another $1,000.00 for more cat shelves and treesDeb motioned to move forward with the bid and the extras, Bonnie 2ndMotion carried. 


8.  New business:

1. Deb says it’s frustrating to get volunteersTeanne will helpShe will train volunteers on dogs/catsKatie will help organizeAll training will be absolute for procedureNo variants. 

2.  Void   

3. Open discussion: Marge suggests asking Eileen to write Grant due by August 31stBonnie will send Eileen the list of items KPFL wants.   


Marge makes a motion at 6:12pm to adjourn, Bonnie 2ndMotion carries. 


Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson 



Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes July 12,2023


Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place on Wednesday July 12, 2023 at the shelter at 5:00 pm.

Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Sara Sherman via phone, Marge Sullivan, Katie Tingey, Todd Sines and Susan Bulyar.


1. Minutes were unavailable, yet no objections to last month’s minutes.


2. Sara read the Treasurer’s reportGross income for June was $3248.00Expenses were $9860.00, so we had a net loss of $6214.00Bills due amount to $3393.00Vote was unanimous to pay bills.


3.  Faith read the shelter reportAdoptions 4: 1 cat, 3 dogsIntake 8 cats. Fosters 20:  5 cats, 15 dogsCats in shelter 31 + 3 outsideDogs in shelter 6June spay/neuter 20: 13 cats, 7 dogsMicrochips 11: 3 cats, 8 dogsDental 3


4.  Dog committee: Faith says we have a new OTI named Khaleesi.


5. Cat committee:  Faith says we are full on catsPlease direct people to our Home 2 Home programWe can post if necessary.


6.  Fundraising committee: Boutique Brielle $21.68, Libby services $88.28 (Ace $10.70, City Service Valcon $5.00, Homesteaders $16.41, Libby Sports $8.44, Printing Press $.23, Rocky Mountain $7.83, Rosauers $14.62, VFW $25.05.), Troy services $27.43 (Booze n Bait $6.43, MaryAnnes $21.00).


7.  Old business: 

1.  LOR Foundationthey contacted us saying there are opportunities openKatie says she will tryWe still need volunteers to help with info for brochures regarding adoptee’s and educational material for everyone.


2.  Clinic door/window bids: Todd says his uncle will bidSara says her husband will bidJody can do electrical on door install moving the outlet.


3.  Faith says we received 3 loads from Noble of ¾ crush at $150.00 load.


8.   New business:

1Faith will take vacation from July 28-Aug 14th


2.  Todd reports the doggie fashion show was awesomeNova won 1st!! He will do more advertising next year as well as letting people know the proceeds from 4 Paws is given to us!


3.  A new Incident Report is in the making.


4.  We hope to plan another volunteer picnic the end of August, possibly at the floating dock/platform.


5.  To Do List:  LOR, fundraising letter for February 2024, and an Indian Taco sale in early Spring.

Motion to adjourn at 5:50 pm by Bonnie 1st, Marge 2ndMotion carried.

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson


Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes June 16,2023


Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place on Wednesday June 14, 2023 at the shelter at 5:00pm. 

Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Sara Sherman, Linda Andreasen, Deirdre Ruark, Marge Sullivan, Susan Bulyar, Todd Sines and Deb Frey.


1.   Minutes were read by Bonnie and approved. 


2.   Sara read the Treasurer’s reportIncome for May was $9193.00 and expenses were $5884.00 resulting in a net income of $3309.00.   Deb asked about spending habits for the shelterSara says all the bills have been consistent, no unusual numbersOur bills were $5284All were in favor of paying all bills.


3Faith read the shelter reportAdoptions 9: 3 cats, 6 dogsIntakes 9: 4 cats, 5 dogsReturned to owners 1 dogReturned to us 2: 1 cat, 1 dogFosters 19: 4 cats, 15 dogsCats in shelter 28: 25 inside, 3 outsideDogs in shelter 8Spay/neuter clinic 28:  11 cats, 17 dogsMicrochips 8: 2 cats, 6 dogsDental 5. 


4Dog CommitteeFaith says Chena went to Dr. Burt for surgeryShe received stitches and medicationsDiscussion about the sled dogs came upLinda will contact Tails as old as Time and send pics/info for their website adoption page


5.  Cat Committee:  Deb asks if we can list multiple cats for adoption at a reduced price  in the paper to help alleviate our population.   Deirdre suggests all tuxedo’s in JulyFaith says NO more cats can be accepted at this timeShe would also like to buy Revolt for ear mites for all the catsMotion to move forward with buying the revolt by Bonnie 1st, Deb 2ndMotion carried. 


6.  Fundraising Committee:  Amazon $338.00,  Boutique Brielle $34.15,  Libby banks $151.58,  Troy banks $56.90.   Faith asked Linda to contact the people who donated the truck and their time last time to take the recycles to Kalispell to see if they will do it again if we pay for the truck and gas.  


7.  Old Business

1.  LOR FoundationSpay MT sent requirements to be met in order to be added for next year scheduleWe need to find a place and volunteers. We are still working on the pamphlets.

2.  Faith asked Linda to help with the bids for the cat windowsShe also says we need about 8? loads of gravel.  Motion by Deb to purchase gravel, Bonnie 2nd, motion carried.  


8.  New Business:  

1.  Deirdre says we have quite a few adoption applications she is working onWhen accepting applications please put the date and your initials on them for contact info!    

2.  This weekend, June 17th, is Paris in the Park by the train depotVendors and exposure for the  dogs/cats for adoption, plus a parade at noonDeirdre would like to take 4 dogs.

3.  Todd would like volunteers for the Lincoln County Pride Festival on July 8th to help with the dogs/catsAn m/c will read bio’s.   4 Paws is hosting with a portion of proceeds going toward adoption costs of pets involved.


4.  Discussion on a list for shelter goals and an item listBonnie will work on this for the next meeting.   

Motion to adjourn at 6:25 made by Bonnie 1st, Deirdre 2nd, motion carried. 

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson 




Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes May 10,2023


Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter on Wednesday May 10, 2023 at 5:07 pm.

Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Sara Sherman, Linda Andreasen and Marge Sullivan.  

1. No minutes were read. No known corrections. 

2. Sara gave the Treasurer’s report. For April our gross income was $4766.00. Our expenses were $7709.00. We had a net loss of $2943.00. Our

bills total $5267.00. Motion to pay our bills by Bonnie 1st, Marge 2nd. Motion carried.


3. Faith read the shelter report. Adoptions 12: 5 cats, 7 dogs. Intakes 13: 5 cats, 8 dogs. Returned to owner 1. Returned to us 1. Fosters 20:

 4 cats, 16 dogs. Cats in shelter 24 + 3 outside. Dogs in shelter 9. April spay/neuter clinic 31: 19 cats, 12 dogs. Microchips 14: 5 cats, 9 dogs. Dental/other 11: 3 cats, 8 dogs. 

4. Dog committee: Options need to be discussed about the 2 sled dogs that have been in our care for over 1 year.

5. Cat committee: no discussion. 

6. Fundraising committee: Boutique Brielle $26.21, Libby banks $7.25 and Troy banks $ 65.54. 

7. Old business

1. LOR Foundation: we need the help of 2 volunteers for help in organizing and communicating with LOR and  Task Force for next year spay/neuter.

2. Clinic door/window bid: Faith has not received a return call from our one subcontractor who submitted a bid. Nor has she received any bids from others who have come out and said they would submit bids. She will re-contact and will also reach out to other contractors.

3. CD investment: done. Waiting on our copy of the paperwork. 

8. New business: none. 

Motion to adjourn at 5:35 pm by Marge 1st, Linda 2nd. Motion carried


Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson 

Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes April 12 ,2023

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter at 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Sara Sherman, Katie Tingey, Susan Bulyar, Linda Andreasen, Marge Sullivan and Deb Frey.

1. Bonnie read the minutes from the March meeting. The minutes were approved as read.

2. Sara read the Treasurer’s report. The shelter’s gross income for the month of March was $6,347.00. The netincome was $380.00. Our bills for April are $4700.00. Motion to pay the bills by Bonnie first, Katie 2nd, motion carried.

3. Faith read the shelter report. Adoptions 15: 8 cats, 7 dogs. Intakes 6 dogs. Fosters 18: 4 cats, 14 dogs. Cats in shelter 26 including 3 outside. Dogs in shelter 10. March spay/neuter 29: 15 cats, 14 dogs. Microchips 14: 3 cats, 11 dogs. Dental 1 cat.

4. Dog committee: Faith reports there are lots of apps for dogs being worked on.

5. Cat committee: Dixie will be weighed next month to determine if she is losing weight or not and what to do if she is. She should have quality of life, not quantity. Keisha needs to be watched for not eating or other signs she needs her blood drawn for testing.

6. Fund raising committee: Boutique Brielle $10.00, Libby Banks $54.00, Troy Banks $57.00, Facebook $395.00, recycling $740.00.

7. Old business:

1. LOR Foundation: Linda would like to make dog bags to give to dog adopters. Faith would like to also have fliers available to the public. LOR will help with cost. Faith has not talked to Bailey yet about dog training classes. We would also like to make a “how to” printout for home to home adopters.

2. Clinic door/window bid: Daryl Nash is the only bid we have received. His total is $6021.63 for everything except the cost of an electrician. After reviewing the bid we would like to make adjustments. Faith will review our changes with him.

3. CD investments: Deb talked to some financial institutions. Three Rivers Bank in Kalispell offers 4.389% for a 9 month CD. Glacier offers a 3.5% CD for 7 months. LCCU offers a 3.5% for 1 year. Motion by Katie to go with LCCU for $50,000., Linda 2nd, motion carries.

4. Shelter sign: already received. Sign is in shelter waiting for framing and installation.

8. New business:

1. Expected absences: Deirdre will be gone 4/26-5/16 but can still work applications slowly. Justice will be gone for 4 weeks.

2. Due to unforseen circumstances we have been asked to host a volunteer living in a trailer/camper for the summer. In exchange we will collect funds for our power bill and will get some “one on one” dog training and possibly some extra open hours for the shelter. Motion by Linda to agree to host, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries.

3. Grants/fundraising committee: no volunteer is available.

4. Deirdre has offered 2 pictures for the shelter, unanimous yes to accept them.

5. Open topic: Linda says we are offered to attend “Poodle Day” at the park in June. She’ll send out an email to ask for volunteers. More info to come. Linda would like to do a potluck at our June picnic at Boars Den. Motion by Linda 1st, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries. Marge says our tiles cost $6.00 each.

Motion to adjourn at 6:30 by Marge 1st, Katie 2nd, motion carries.

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson


Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes March 8,2023

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 5:00pm.   

Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Sara Sherman, Katie Tingey, Susan Bulyar, Marge Sullivan, Linda Andreasen and Deb Frey. 


1.  Bonnie read the minutes from the February meetingMinutes were approved as read.


2.   Sara gave the Treasurer’s reportIn February our gross income was $40,296.33 which included $33,500of restricted funds leaving our gross income to be $6,796.33.   Our net income was $34,393. minus the $33,500 equals $893.00.    Our bills totaled $4,210.00.  Motion to pay by Linda 1st, Bonnie 2nd Motion carried.  


3.   Faith read the Shelter report Adoptions 3: 2 cats, 1 dog Special circumstances 1 cat Intakes 10: 5 cats, 5 dogs Returned to us 1 dog Fosters 22: 6 cats, 16 dogs Cats in shelter 31 including 3 outside Dogs in shelter 9 February s/n 20:  17 cats, 3 dogs Microchips 6: 5 cats, 1 dog Dental 4: 1 cat, 3 dogs.


4.   Dog committee:  we are expecting some cocker/dashound pups coming in about 6 weeks. 


5.   Cat committee:  Dixie goes in for her MRI on Thursday at the Calm Clinic in Kila which will include an xray and evaluation.


6.  Fund raising committee:  Amazon $216.00, Facebook $210.00We have a community volunteer who is taking our aluminum cans on Thursday to Kalispell in a moving van.


7.   Old business

1Faith talked to Tabitha at the LOR FoundationThey would like to help us with 3 things so far:  Education, spay/neuter, and dog obedience training classesFaith is looking for a volunteer to collect info for brochures to help educate the publicLOR will pay for a set amount of funds to help low income and other needy situations for spay/neuterFaith would also like to have available monthly dog training/obedience classes.


2.  Paid employee duties are acceptedNo corrections or additionsHours are to be determined.                                


3.  Investing:  Sara will make a profit/expense sheet for the last year/years so we can decide on an amount to invest depending on availability of fundsDifferent banks/credit unions will also be inquired upon for the most profitable plan.   


8.   New business

1.  Expected absences:  Faith has jury duty starting March 14th for up to 3 daysShe will also be gone from March 20th-30th.     


2.   Dr. Hawkins requested an inner door from the clinic to the hallway so animals do not have to be taken outside after surgery during inclimate weather.   We also would like to have more/bigger windows in the front cat room and to have some windows replaced.   Faith will get estimates.    


3.  Adoption support ideas: Becky and Deirdre have ideas to present at a later time.    


4.  Deirdre asks that dog and cat applications have initials on them of the person taking the app for a contact in case of questions.      


5.  Deirdre asks that we make/use a dog evaluation formFaith and Linda will do and place on the outside of each kennel with info about each  dog and what has been/needs to be done as far as training.   


6.  Marge has canceled the tiles from Twisted Turtle due to lack of getting them done.  Linda says Achievements can do them.  Linda would like to buy a box of tiles for the future.   She will look into cost.    Also a Talking Stick was mentioned to help with the control over talking during meetings. 


Motion to adjourn at 6:00 by Linda 1st, Katie, 2ndMotion carried 

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson 


Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes February 8,2023

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Attending were Faith Lee, Sara Sherman, Bonnie Edmundson, Edwina Smith, Katie Tingey, Linda Andreasen, Marge Sullivan, Susan Bulyar and Deb Frey.

1. Bonnie read the minutes from the January meeting. Minutes were approved as read.

2. Sara reviewed the Treasurer's report. Our income for January was $11,710. Our expenses were $4107., making our net income $7,603. including the spay/neuter program. The bills for the month of January were $5720.94. Marge motioned to pay the bills, Katie 2nd. Motion carries.

3. Cat Committee: Grady has been moved to the kitten room.

4. Dog Committee: we have 4 new puppies. We received a donation to buy a tooth cleaning machine. The machine has arrived! Dental appointments are now available.

5. Faith read the Shelter Report: Adoptions 10: 5 cats, 5 dogs. Intakes 2 cats. Returned to us 1 cat. Fosters 23: 7 cats, 16 dogs. Cats in shelter 26 plus 3 outside. Dogs in shelter 5. January spay/neuter 32: 21 cats, 11 dogs. Microchips 21: 14 cats, 7 dogs.

6. Fund Raising Committee: Boutique Brielle $123.35. Facebook $480. Facebook is discontinuing Amazon Smile as of 2/20/23. Libby/Troy banks

7. Old Business:

1. Sara cannot do our taxes. Kip Hartman can/will do them again this year for approx $1300. Faith motions to go forward and have Kip do our taxes, Bonnie 2nd, motion carries.

2. The LOR Foundation should be responding next week. Faith will ask is they can help with a spay/neuter clinic and also the county cat problem.

8. New Business:

1. Faith and Cat Committee will determine if more scratching posts and/or litter boxes are needed.

2. Faith reports that with rising costs we need to raise our spay/neuter prices to $5.00 more for cats and $10.00 more for dogs effective immediately. Deb motions to raise prices, Katie 2nd, motion carries.

3. Faith has found a candidate to oversee and work at the shelter: Matt Lake. She would like to hire him as an employee for $10/hour while training him and then $15.00 hour. This should be a 40 hour a week position. An anonymous donor would like to pay this years wages. Katie motions we move forward with the hire, Faith 2nd, motion carries. At $15.00 for 1 year including payroll taxes the amount would be $3,988.70. Faith wil train, show about grant hunting and all the daily runnings required.

4. Linda reports that we can get 3.5% interest on a CD vs .3% on a savings account for our money. She would like to invest maybe up to 1 years expenses into something that will work for us. Faith and Linda will talk to SDCCU. Also to DA Davidson.

5. Katie says Troy offers sand for free, does Libby have this resourse also? To reduce our bills for sand delivery. Faith and Katie will inquire.

6. We have an anonymous donor that would like to pay for us to add on an enclosed sun room for our cats or enlarging our window area in cat rooms. Faith will get bids. Same donor wants to give us a summer party for all volunteers on June 3.

Location to be announced.

Motion to adjourn at 6:15 by Bonnie first, Marge 2nd, motion carries.

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson

Kootenai Pets for Life Meeting Minutes January 11,2023

Kootenai Pets for Life monthly meeting took place at the shelter on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 5:12pm.

Attending were Faith Lee, Bonnie Edmundson, Sara Sherman, Marge Sullivan, Katie Tingey, Linda Andreasen and Deb Frey.

1. Bonnie read the minutes from the December meeting. Minnutes were approved as read.

2. Faith reviewed the Treasurer's report. December's net income was $6682.21. Our net income for the 2022 year was $28,942.10.

3. Cat committee: Cookie was not doing well in foster. Dr. Hawkins took her home. She is doing much better, her allergies seem to be environmental.

4. Dog committee: Heidi ran away in Missoula. She was turned into the Humane Society there. She's doing well.

5. Faith read the shelter report. Adoptions 11: 5 cats, 6 dogs. Intakes 7 cats. Returned to us 1 cat. Fosters 27: 7 cats, 20 dogs. Cats in shelter 29+3
outside. Dogs in shelter 6. December spay/neuter 14: 10 cats, 4 dogs. Microchip 10: 6 cats, 4 dogs.

6. Fundraising: Libby banks $79.68, Boutique Brielle $23.84. The recycle cans need to be taken to Kalispell. Should we rent a truck again? Faith knows someone with a dump truck, she will ask to borrow.

7. Old Business:

1. Open office hours have changed. Friday is now 10am to 12pm and Saturday from 10am to 12pm.

2. Discussion ensued about the radio host appreciation gift. Faith suggested using money from the 2022 dues if possible. Linda and Marge are against the idea of a gift card. Linda asked how we will determine who gets a gift card and who gets just a thank you. Bonnie suggested a thank you card with shelter animals collage inside. Linda made a motion for the card with collage inside, Bonnie 2nd, motion carried.

8. New Business:

1. Expected absences: Tammy will be gone for 2 weeks or more. Kate will be out some days, watch the calendar. Starting Monday MaryKay
will be off thru February. Faith will cover her Monday open hours.

2. Treasurer update: Terri had decided not to continue with the Treasurer position. Sara has agreed to step into the positon with our vote. Faith made a motion to use/hire Sara for the Treasurer/Accountant position, Katie 2nd, motion carries.

3. LOR Foundation: Marge thinks it's possible to get the LOR foundation to help organize and fund a spay/neuter clinic. Faith and Katie will contact them to learn more.

4. Spay/neuter clinic: Dr. Hawkins is doing more vet work at clinic, the Sands grant money should be kept separate.

5. Expenditures: Linda would like to spend some money on necessities. She would like to buy foam filters for the air exchange, a new board for donation tiles, mop holder for the laundry room, a blacklight for the cat room urine search, shelf/brackets for medication room and an anti-fatigue matt for the animals for after spay/neuter. Total is less than $200. Motion to purchase all by Marge 1st, Katie 2nd. Motion carries.

6. Investing: Linda inquired if we should invest some of our money into a higher yield account. Faith will talk to Sara and the bank. Linda motioned to move forward with the inquiry, Katie 2nd, motion carries.

Motion to adjourn at 6:35 by Bonnie 1st and Linda 2nd. Motion carried.

Minutes by Bonnie Edmundson


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